High Street – 7th Ave N to 10th Ave N
City crews continue storm sewer replacement on High Street. New storm catch basins were installed at the 7th Ave. N intersection and the intersection is partially re-opened for local traffic. Storm sewer replacement on this first block of the project is planned to be completed next week. Upgrading the water main will follow before moving on to the next block. KS Energy began gas line main replacement on 8th Ave N and work slowed as rock was encountered. High Street remains closed from 7th Ave N to 10th Ave N with no driveway access to residents in the excavation area on the 700 block.
Wastewater force main river crossing
The City of Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Department is in the middle stages of the West Side Lift Station and Force Main replacement projects. This week A1 Excavating finished the jack and bore pipe under 2nd Ave N, and are continuing the open cut trench work along 2nd Ave N heading south. Ellingson Trenchless is continuing the directional drilling beneath the Wisconsin River, hoping to have the pilot hole complete within two weeks. When Ellingson has completed the directional drilling, a new 20” force main pipe will be pulled across the river. The river-crossing is expected to be complete by mid-July. Final connections and road closures near Blue Heron Ln, Pepper Ave, and Ridgewood Trail intersections are tentatively planned for the week of July 10th.
West Side Lift Station
No work this week as calculations are being done to evaluate the rock excavation required to facilitate the lift station structure. Work is expected to resume as soon as the geotechnical evaluations are complete.
Wisconsin River Green Space and Recreation Project
This week Janke Construction, Inc. completed curb and gutter work on Riverwood Lane. They continued work on the trail along Riverwood Lane and under the Riverview Expressway bridge. They also began installation of storm sewer in Demitz Park. Janke will continue working on installation of storm sewer in Demitz Park and the trail under the bridge. Asphalt paving may occur next week on Riverwood Lane, along with final restoration of the trail along 1st Street South to the Riverview Expressway bridge.
1st St N – Poplar St to North City Limits
American Asphalt completed paving the 8’ wide trail this week. The trail will not open however, until after topsoil and seeding is complete along with fencing certain areas. Project completion is anticipated very soon.
Washington St – 8th St N to 12th St N
City crews are 90% done with the final restoration work and should finish work on this project next week.